Iyana Hughes, a prototypical top-of-the-order slapper, puts pressure on defenses with her speed.
Before Iyana Hughes' heroic base hit lifted Sierra High's softball team to win a 2-1 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff game against Central Catholic, it took a heroic effort from four Manteca Unified groundskeepers to get the school's varsity field in playing shape Wednesday.
In her four years of athletics at East Union High, senior Jillian Goulart had little difficulty shinning on a softball field or on a golf course. Now the graduating Lancer will narrow her responsibilities to just one sport, as she signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Simpson University Red Hawks in Redding.
MODESTO – When Jerrica Hauck quietly slipped onto the scene a year ago in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Trials at Modesto Junior College she won the meet with a personal best 10-foot vault. This year Hauck was on her own personal stage, leading the crowd like at a concert and winning the meet – with another personal record.
It was as dominant as a 2-0 win could be.
Ripon High's first-round playoff baseball game against Capital Christian of Sacramento was postponed Tuesday morning due to rain.
The East Union girls soccer team was right in the fight, going into the intermission trailing host Vista del Lago 2-1. in Folsom. The Lancers proved unable to match the Eagles the rest of the way, getting outscored 2-0 over the last 40 minutes to end their season with a 4-1 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Soccer Championships loss Tuesday.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian girls soccer squad suffered a tough sudden-death shootout loss Tuesday to visiting Forest Lake Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff game.
STOCKTON – Will Brink was locked in a five-man playoff at Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament at the Reserves at Spanos Park for one qualifying spot at the Northern California Championships
Manteca High's baseball team made it look easy on Monday.
The Valley Oak League's co-champions swept the major awards in the year-end coaches meeting.
Head coach Nick Olmo said the recent barrage of accolades and attention garnered by his Sierra High softball team has not affected the players.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championship trials ushered in the close of the 2011 season for all area swimmers after the boys wrapped up their races Friday at Tokay High.
PATTERSON - East Union freshman Isela Rivera was involved in all of the Lancers' scoring plays in a 3-0 win over Patterson High Thursday, but she wasn't the only youngster who shined at Patterson Community Stadium.
The challenges of making it to the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Finals is no easy task, and several of the area swimmers gave their best shot at coming away with a championship berth during the first day of trials at Tokay High in Lodi Thursday.
Ripon - Zaire Davis and Jordyn Wall had one goal in mind since their freshman year of bringing the Trans Valley League title back to the Ripon High girls' soccer program.
After losing six key seniors to graduation from its Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship team, Ripon Christian has had to retool around impressive underclassman Abby Buitrago to make another run at it.
Isela Rivera is returning to the Central Valley with hopes of guiding another promising soccer program to new heights.
Disappointment weighed on the mind of Christian Guzman as he walked off the 18th green at Saddle Creek Golf Club.
Three times Oakdale came up with rally-killing double plays and held off host Sierra 8-3 to stay a game behind East Union in the Valley Oak League.
It was a bittersweet day for Manteca High's track and field team, which travelled to Kimball for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual meet on Tuesday.
At times, Ilena Rivera and the East Union girls soccer team make the goals, the sliding saves and the overwhelming victories look, well ...
By JAMES BURNS
Ripon Christian's coed tennis team had a chance to clinch a second straight Southern League title outright on Monday but dropped its rubber match with Denair 6-3 at the Ripon Community Center courts.
Sophomore Jocelyn Reyes had a goal and an assist to help Manteca High's girls soccer team dispatch host Central Catholic 2-1 and secure the No. 2 spot in the Valley Oak League.
Victor Polanco won't even touch the question.
Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams both finish the year 4-4 in the Valley Oak League with wins in their regular-season finale Friday at East Union.
Errors and lost opportunities came back to haunt Sierra in its first-place showdown with Oakdale on Friday.
After two decades with the program, Ron Vander Molen is no longer the boys varsity basketball coach at Ripon Christian.
RIPON – Jon De Visser has learned to embrace the zaniness of "Wrong Arm," his playful nickname for left-hander Connor McGovern.